“Life can be a climb but it’s a great view”
A Guide To Cycling in and around Chatel
Cycling in Chatel and the Portes du Soleil region is a must-do activity for cycling enthusiasts. The area has breathtaking views, challenging terrain, and family-friendly trails, so it is no surprise that the area has become one of the most popular destinations for cycling in Europe. Whether you are a road cyclist, a family looking for an adventure, or an enduro enthusiast, Chatel and Portes du Soleil have something for everyone.
For road riders, Chatel and Portes du Soleil offer some of the most challenging and scenic routes in the world. The region is home to several iconic climbs, including the Col de Joux Plane, the Col de la Ramaz, and the Col de la Colombiere. These climbs have been featured in several Tour de France stages and are a must-do for any cycling enthusiast.
The Tour de France came straight past the chalet in 2022 – See more here
If you are looking for a family-friendly cycling adventure, Chatel and Portes du Soleil have plenty of options. The region has several designated family trails that are suitable for all ages and skill levels. These trails are well-marked, and most are traffic-free, making them ideal for families with young children. One of the most popular family trails in the region is the Abondance Valley Trail, a 22-kilometer loop that takes riders through some of the most picturesque villages in the area.
The free shuttle bus runs through the valley which takes bikes so it is easy to get a lift back if anyone has tired legs. See more information about the shuttle bus here.
For the more adventurous cyclist, Chatel and Portes du Soleil offer some of the best enduro trails in Europe. The region’s rugged terrain provides plenty of opportunities for technical riding, and the well-maintained trails offer a mix of fast descents, challenging climbs, and technical features. Some of the most popular enduro trails in the area include the Chatel Bike Park, the Morzine-Les Gets Bike Park, and the Super Morzine Bike Park.
View the region’s trails here
Chatel Bike Park
The Chatel Bike Park is one of the most famous bike parks in Europe, attracting riders from all over the world. The park offers a wide variety of trails, ranging from beginner-friendly green trails to expert-level black trails. The park also features a large jump line and several technical features, making it a must-do for any downhill enthusiast. If you are visiting Chatel with your family, the bike park also offers a beginner’s area with small features and gentle slopes.
10 minutes drive from the chalet.
View a map of Chatel bike park here
A video showing some of the trails here
Morgins Bike Park
Morgins Bike Park is a paradise for mountain biking enthusiasts. With its exhilarating trails, breathtaking scenery, and top-notch facilities, this bike park offers an unforgettable experience for riders of all levels.
5 minutes drive from the chalet:
View a Guide to Morgins Bike Park
For those looking to explore the region without breaking a sweat, e-MTBs are an excellent option. The region has several designated e-MTB trails, including the Avoriaz-Morzine e-MTB Tour, which takes riders on a scenic tour of the area’s most beautiful spots. E-MTBs are also a great way to explore the region’s more technical trails, as they provide an extra boost of power on steep climbs.
All bikes and equipment can be hired here – book ahead at peak times of the year.
Chatel and Portes du Soleil offer some of the best cycling opportunities in Europe, with a wide variety of trails and terrain to suit all ages and skill levels. Whether you are a road cyclist, a family looking for an adventure, or an enduro enthusiast, Chatel and Portes du Soleil have something for everyone. So, pack your bags, grab your bike, and get ready for an unforgettable cycling experience in one of the most beautiful regions in Europe.
Facilities at the Chalet to support your cycling holiday.
The chalet is situated next to the free shuttle bus stop. All shuttle buses allow for bike transit. We have easily accessible, secure bike storage at the property with a sheltered area where you can make repairs.